Reds boss Ready for action...
Reds Manager Keith Hill met with the media today ahead of Saturday’s league opener against Middlesbrough at Oakwell.
“The Capital One Cup was a great curtain opener. It’s set us up for this Middlesbrough game,” said Hill.
“There’s been a lot of physical and mental tiredness (amongst the players). “We’ve just got to believe in what we’ve done on the training pitch over the course of pre-season. We’ve watched Middlesbrough in every pre-season game they’ve had and their game against Bury.
“We’ve got to set ourselves up first and foremost, be aware of the opposition, they’re a very good side. They’re one of the favourites to get into the top-six this season.”
As far as injuries and suspensions are concerned, the Reds are without goalkeepers Ben Alnwick and Luke Steele, with Mido, Toni Silva and Jim O’Brien ruled out injured.
“Jim O’Brien’s been to see his consultant and we’re led to believe it’s going to be a 12-week period.
“It’s a massive, massive loss for the football club and for me as a Manager. It’s a shame but it’s something we have to deal with.”
An impressive display from youngster John Stones last Saturday means the 18-year-old is certainly in Hill’s plans this season.
“He’s going to be in contention,” added Hill. “There’s no question about that. We’ve got to look at the amount of games coming up. We need to keep him fresh without burnout.”